For almost two thousand years, networks have been used to communicate around the world. Recently, however, there has been remarkable growth in the use of information technology (IT). Through computers, fixed links, microwave and satellites, global networks link almost every country to create the WorldWide Web many of us use each day. Here is an assessment of the current state of connectivity and how this capability is being deployed to increase efficiency and profit.
Polymer residue left by conventional crosslinked guar systems is difficult to clean up, and can plug proppant packs, reduce fracture conductivity and limit well productivity. A new aqueous polymer-free fluid is nondamaging and breaks down easily from contact with formation water or hydrocarbons, eliminating the need for breakers. Field examples from Canada and the Gulf of Mexico illustrate use of this viscoelastic surfactant fluid for stimulation and sand control.
As oil and gas demand continues to increase, more operators are utilizing integrated approaches to project planning and execution. An integrated project management organization brings together the systems, tools, technology and services to meet exploration and production (E&P) objectives and address primary oil company business needs. We look at how teamwork and technology provide cost-effective E&P solutions through case studies from Africa, South America and the North Sea.
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